Wake Up Call: Big Law’s $11 Million Dollar Woman

• Kirkland & Ellis litigation partner Sandra Goldstein is apparently set to earn an estimated $11 million a year after her recent jump from Cravath, and that doesn’t count her signing bonus. Goldstein recently told columnist Vivia Chen that she never thought men didn’t want her to succeed. “But did people underestimate me? Absolutely. And if an opponent underestimated me, I thought that was great because I made sure they paid for it.” (New York Times) (American Lawyer)

• Investment firm KKR & Co. agreed to acquire Houston-based BMC Software Inc. in a deal that valued the information technology management provider at about $8.3 billion including debt. Kirkland & Ellis advised BMC, while KKR’s law firm was Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. (Bloomberg)

• Bayer AG won U.S. antitrust approval for its $66 billion takeover of Monsanto Co., clearing the last major regulatory hurdle to forming the world’s biggest seed and agricultural-chemicals provider after a nearly two-year review. (Bloomberg via BLB)

• Kraken, the San Francisco-founded cryptocurrency exchange operator that recently refused to respond to inquiries from New York’s attorney general, hired former federal prosecutor and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner partner Mary Beth Buchanan as general counsel. (Law.com)

• Prosecutors investigating sexual-abuse complaints against a retired University of Southern California gynecologist face legal obstacles. (Associated Press

• Amazon.com Inc. and eBay Inc. upped the pressure on their online marketplace rivals by publicly signing up to the U.K.’s latest efforts to crack down on value-added tax fraud. (Bloomberg Law)

• JAMS, the alternative dispute resolution services provider, said it added an inclusion rider option to its workbooks for domestic and international clauses, aimed at supporting businesses’ efforts to increase diversity on arbitration panels. (JAMSadr)

 • The Supreme Court declined to hear a false claims case brought against Bristol-Myers Squibb and another pharmaceutical company by two former Bristol-Myers employees, in a decision that could make it tougher for whistleblowers to bring cases against pharmaceutical companies. (Bloomberg Law via BLB)

• Is there a doctor on the plane? A former passenger’s lawsuit against United Continental Holdings Inc. is putting a spotlight on how airlines treat passengers in medical distress and the pressure to keep flights in the air. (Bloomberg)

 

 Lawyers and Law Firms

 • Just before David Buckel burned himself to death in New York’s Prospect Park last April, he sent out messages that he was doing it to protest pollution and climate change. But people who knew the prominent civil rights lawyer for LGBT causes, who had more recently become an environmental advocate, are still wondering what really pushed him to take such drastic action. (New York Times) 

 

 Laterals, Moves

Stinson Leonard Street said it is adding new offices in Dallas and Denver. In Dallas, Stinson is acquiring an office with 10 partners, four associates, and one of counsel through a merger with Lackey Hershman LLP, effective June 1. In Denver, Stinson will add a second office with six partners, also starting June 1, on top of its existing office in the city. (Stinson.com) 

• Latham & Watkins said Sarang (Sy) Damle, former general counsel for the U.S. Copyright Office, will join the firm as a partner in its intellectual property litigation practice in Washington, in September. (Lw.com

• Geneva-based investment company Waypoint Capital Group said it hired a new general counsel, Ron Cami, who has been a partner at Swaine & Moore, and Davis Polk, and held other inhouse lawyer jobs. (Corporate Counsel)

• Duane Morris brought on a team of seven intellectual property attorneys from Vedder Price, with six based in New York and one in Washington. (Legal Intelligencer)

• Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies said Mary Cooley joined its New York City government relations team. Cooley was previously in the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, where she was assistant commissioner of legislative affairs. (Cozen.com)

 

Legal Actions

• Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ former director of employee relations, Michael Brown, faces up to three year in prison and $250,000 in fines after pleading guilty to misleading federal authorities investigating embezzlement allegations against UAW executives. He’s the sixth person to plead guilty in the case. (Bloomberg Law)

 • Trump lawyer Michael Cohen said a recent bankruptcy court ruling against Michael Avenatti’s old law firm should disqualify the lawyer for Stormy Daniels from participating in a legal case over material seized from Cohen in an FBI raid. (Bloomberg)

 Technology

• Law firm cybersecurity audits have gotten better but there is still plenty of room for improvement. (Legaltech News)

• For months before European data-privacy laws came into effect, Google’s rivals fretted that the search giant was poised to benefit at their expense. On the first day operating under the new rules, that concern was briefly warranted. (Bloomberg)

• A Canadian accused of hacking Yahoo! Inc. email accounts on behalf of the Russian government was sentenced to five years in a U.S. prison for computer fraud. (Bloomberg)

Compiled by Rick Mitchell and edited by Tom Taylor.